Ethical Implications Of Ethical Consumerism

1552 Words Dec 10th, 2015 7 Pages
1.0 Ethical Consumerism
1.1 Definition
The term Ethical consumerism, means that more customers prefer to purchase goods that are obtained ethically, made ethically and distributed ethically.
According to Jacqueline Payne (2012), “An ethical consumer is someone who buys things that are produced ethically. Depending on the context, ethical production may mean producing something that is recycled, using labour that is produced in facilities without the use of slavery and child labour, or processing food that is raised organic or free range. If you buy one of these products, you could be an ethical consumer and not even know it… or you may not be one. However, the whole point of the ethical consumerism movement is that you ‘know’ what you are buying and that you buy things that are produced ethically because not ‘knowing’ leads to abuse and exploitation.”
It can be seen as a drastic measure to end corporate abuse, environmental violation and pollution, human slavery, etc. Some people see it as another way for businesses to manipulate a market of concerned consumers who are willing to spend more money purchasing ethically sourced goods.
There are different contextual frameworks of what ethical consumerism could mean to a business hence, it is imperative to simplify the concept. Simply put, the entire point of the ethical consumerism movement is that consumers know the sources of what they buy and the products need to be ethically produced as not knowing can create room for…
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